Video: Firefighters respond to small air medical jet crash near San Diego, but there are no survivors

Four people were on board the plane that went down, knocking out power to hundreds of homes


UPDATE: 

EL CAJON, Calif. — More information on the Learjet that crashed near El Cajon is now available, NBC 7 reported

An address linked to the registration number of the jet belongs to an office and hangar at Gillespie Field for High Performance Aircraft, and employees there said they work with a company called Aeromedevac. 

Residents woke up to debris left from a Learjet that crashed Monday night near El Cajon, California. Officials were on scene Tuesday talking to residents of the unincorporated area of Bostonia.
Residents woke up to debris left from a Learjet that crashed Monday night near El Cajon, California. Officials were on scene Tuesday talking to residents of the unincorporated area of Bostonia. (Photo/Alejandro Tamayo/The San Diego Union-Tribune/Tribune News Service)

Nurses Tina Ward and Laurie Gentz were on the jet, friends and family members have said, NBC 7 reported

The Oceanside Firefighters Association wrote in a Facebook post that one of the nurses who died in the crash was Tina Ward, who was married to Oceanside's retired chief. 

Aeromedevac offers air-ambulance and air-transport services NBC 7 said that Aeromedevac's website has been taken down but that it had said each plane had two pilots and two medical team members on board, for a total of four, which is the number of people who died in the crash. 

The FAA has confirmed that two crew members and two passengers were killed in the crash. 

 

The Associated Press

EL CAJON, Calif. — No survivors were found after a small business jet with four people aboard crashed and burned near San Diego, knocking out power to hundreds of homes, authorities said.

The Learjet 35A went down just after 7 p.m. Monday in an unincorporated area of El Cajon, east of Gillespie Field, where it was scheduled to land, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. National Weather Service data described sky conditions at Gillespie as "fog/mist" at 6:55 p.m. Radio communications between the jet and the airfield recorded by LiveATC.net indicated that trouble happened suddenly. 

The pilot canceled an instrument flight rules approach to one runway and requested a switch to another runway using visual flight rules. 

After the switch was granted and new instructions were given, the pilot asked that the field lights be turned up and was told they were already at 100%. The pilot suddenly exclaimed three times and screamed.

"Firefighters were not able to find any survivors at the crash scene," the Sheriff's Department statement said, adding that identifications will be made by the county medical examiner's office. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said four people were aboard the jet when it departed John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, and headed to Gillespie, about 78 miles (125.5 kilometers) to the south.

FAA records show the twin-engine jet was registered to El Cajon-based Med Jet LLC, an air medical transport and travel membership program. A request for information was sent to an email listing for the company. 

No one on the ground was hurt but one home was damaged and power lines were knocked down in the area, the department said. 

Video from the scene showed firefighters dousing several small fires along a street littered with debris and downed power lines. 

According to San Diego Gas & Electric's outage map, more than 600 customers lost power.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating but did not plan to release any information until a preliminary report is produced in several weeks. A final report, including the probable cause, will likely take 12 to 24 months, the board said. 

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